Tell us about yourself: My name is Njogu A. Mungai form Kenya. I have been a participant on the PSAMY Project of PELUM Kenya. In this program, we worked towards communities' adoption for agroecological principles and practice, which are a strong strategy towards climate change mitigation. Since 2020 I have also been working with a team of young people from Kenya who are passionate about climate justice and environmental protection. Through a project I co-founded, the Community Environmental Youth Project, we are running Community Environmental Clubs (CEC-Clubs). The activity is designed to operate in learning institutions. Youths are engaged in nature conservation and restoration activities; and trained on Environmental Sustainability units that include Climate Change & its Mitigation, Biodiversity Conservation, Sustainable Natural Resources Management, Agroforestry Management and Sustainable Food Systems, Waste management, Financial Literacy, Sustainable Landscaping, and Leadership and success. Since 2020, the club has involved and certified 27 young environmentalists in three groups. I am also involved in the YAFSAP-AFYA Movement, an African Youth and Food Sovereignty network that is currently gaining momentum.
What are you planning to do with the grant? With aim and focus to create a sustainable and successful African Food, Youth and Agriculture (AFYA) Movement, I will use the grant to pursue a diploma course in Project Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi (UoN), and two other professional certificates in Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Management, and Resource Mobilization and Proposal Development from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). The grant will also assist me in purchasing equipment that will help me throughout my studies, and in the course of my work towards achieving my goals.
What do you hope the JWH grant will bring you? I will gain skills and abilities on project planning and designing; project implementation and management; project monitoring and evaluation; project research; project financing; NGO management skills; and Resource mobilization and proposal development skills.
I will also gain a network of other young people from Africa and across the globe, who are potential associates and partners in the development works and fight towards climate justice.
What is your dream for the future? Completing my studies will ease my work of Advocacy, Engaging in drafting and implementing gender-responsive and youth-inclusivity policies which will create positive change in myself, my community, and the world.